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  • It seems that Chatwin is narrating his own life, from the false starts, unsatisfying jobs, unfinished studies and unpublished writing to the precipitate moves, the eruptions of boredom and the infatuations with people, with places, with ideas. These letters burst with affectionate salutations, explosions of rage, sudden enthusiasms

    Paul Theroux, Daily Telegraph
  • This collection should be cherished not least because it is Chatwin's last

    New Statesman
  • The editors brief and beautifully pointed comments in the footnotes provide some of the most enjoyable moments in this book

    Sunday Telegraph
  • A masterpiece of sympathetic and diligent editing, absolutely fascinating and larded with acerbic comments from Shakespeare's joint editor, Elizabeth Chatwin

  • Every drop of Chatwin is worth it. The same exquisite observations found in his novels and the penetrating ideas found in his essays infuse even his most casual letters

    Independent on Sunday

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